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India becomes 3rd Largest Aviation Market in Domestic Passenger Traffic

According to CAPA's statistics India has occupied the third spot after US and China in terms of domestic aviation market beating Japan

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New Delhi, March 26, 2017: India has beaten Japan to become the third largest aviation market in terms of domestic passenger traffic, an industry report has stated.

In its latest report, Sydney-based aviation think-tank Center for Asia Pacific Aviation has shown that the domestic air passenger traffic in India stood at 100 million in 2016 and was behind only the US (719 million) and China (436 million). India gained the third spot globally by beating Japan, which flew 97 million domestic passengers in 2016, CAPA said.

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A consistent growth of 20 -25 per cent has been shown by domestic air traffic throughout 2015 and 2016, peaking in January this year at 25.13 per cent. However, the domestic travel demand rose 16 percent in February this year, that put an end to the long streak of over 20 per cent.

According to CAPA, India which occupied the fourth position in terms of overall air passenger traffic (both domestic and international) along with the UK, is also gradually getting closer to becoming the third largest one by March next year.

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Kapil Kaul, head of CAPA India believes that India will become the third largest market 2-3 years ahead of what was projected because of the much higher growth.

According to PTI reports, Japan flew 141 million passengers in 2016 and was ahead of India whose total air passenger traffic was 131 million in the previous year, as per CAPA’s statistics.

In 2016 United States enjoyed that top position with 815 million passengers. China followed with 490 million, according to the report.

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“While we will reach the third spot for both domestic and international air travel ahead of the projected period, we will remain at that position for a very long time because it will not be easy to surpass China and the US,” Kaul added.

– prepared by Durba Mandal of NewsGram. Twitter: @dubumerang

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Star ICC Asks Anonymous Accuser Of Sexual Assault Charges To Step Forward

The accuser said that while she was at the company, there were "clear instructions" given to make the sales team fulfil the targets.

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#MeToo: Star India internal panel writes to anonymous accuser to come forward

The Internal Complaints Committee of Star India on Sexual Harassment (Star ICC) has written to the anonymous accuser — who had alleged “sexual exploitation” of women employees — asking her to reach out to the committee or its external member on allegations made by her in tweets.

In a Twitter post on Friday, Star ICC, formed under the Sexual Harassment of Women at Workplace (Prevention, Prohibition and Redressal) Act, 2013 said it had reached out to the accuser through two emails on the ID provided by her through her tweets. The committee’s external member is Veena Gowda, a Mumbai-based woman rights lawyer.

The accuser, who tweeted through handle @ApurvaS17 — saying she would remain anonymous — had made sexual harassment allegations against the company’s officials in an open letter.

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Star believes that the allegations made in the tweet without the complainant coming forward and giving any further detail, is a malicious attempt.

Asked to comment on the allegations, a Star India spokesperson said in a statement that despite no response by the anonymous accuser to the messages sent, the Star ICC had “suo moto conducted a preliminary inquiry and found no basis or factual accuracy” in respect of the allegations.

“We strongly urge any genuine complainant to approach the Star ICC. At Star, we stand with women in drawing the line on any behaviour that violates human dignity or the ability for women to pursue their dreams with respect and freedom. We have a zero-tolerance policy towards sexual harassment,” read the statement in response to an email query by IANS.

It also said that the anonymous tweet shared on October 13 raised an allegation that “runs completely counter to everything we believe in and the norms and values that we deeply embrace.”

The statement further said: “Star believes that the allegations made in the tweet without the complainant coming forward and giving any further detail, is a malicious attempt to malign and defame the reputation of the company and the CEO.” It said that Star reserves its right to initiate appropriate legal proceedings in this regard.

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The Star ICC had “suo moto conducted a preliminary inquiry and found no basis or factual accuracy.

The accuser in her tweets had said that the #MeToo movement had encouraged her to come forward and that she had quit her job at Star India in the Airtime Sales section after 26 months and nine days and was now a homemaker, “taking care of my baby and hubby in a beautiful country, far away from Mumbai.”

The accuser said that while she was at the company, there were “clear instructions” given to make the sales team fulfil the targets in case they want to continue with their employment contract, “for which even if you have to take the clients to a hotel room and sleep with them for days.”

She said there were many instances when she and three of her female colleagues (interns) had clear instructions to reach a hotel after office hours for a private party hosted for influential friends.

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She says the influential friends were “mostly bureaucrats and sometimes politicians and foreign nationals” who were “all ready to violate you, force you to dance against your wishes, drink with them, make drink(s) for them, exchange your numbers and even quietly accompany them to their respective rooms if they want you to”.

Veteran writer-director Vinta Nanda, who earlier this month accused actor Alok Nath of sexually violating her 19 years ago, wrote on Twitter: “I’m neither shocked nor surprised. I salute your courage to have come out and spoken out. The rot runs deep.” (IANS)